‘Oakland Tribune,’ Maynard Institute Will Train Local Citizen Journos

By: E&P Staff

The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune and the Maynard Institute for Journalism Eduction are partnering on a citizen journalist program in West Oakland that will open a media center in a branch library,, and train residents in reporting, writing and photographing for the newspaper’s community correspondents program.

The six-month training program comes with a $1,000 stipend to residents who complete the entire course.

“This creative initiative will train West Oakland residents to become community correspondents and serve as the new voices in coverage of Oakland,” the paper and Maynard Institute said in an announcement.

Saturday will be the first open house for The Community Media Access Center, which has been opened inside the West Oakland Branch of the Oakland Public Library to house the training.

“This is the culmination of a lot of work and support from a lot of people,” Oakland Tribune Editor Martin Reynolds said. “I am very excited to see who applies and the stories they have to tell us. This is what it’s all about – creating new projects that can help us remain relevant, accountable and accessible to the communities we cover.”

The project was made possible through a major grant from The California Endowment, which will fund the community correspondents portion of the program, and additional support from the Tribune and Bay Area News Group — East Bay as well as the Oakland Public Library.

Participants will be trained by professional journalists and educators through a curriculum designed by the Maynard Institute. Former National Public Radio Producer and Editor Christopher Johnson will head the program.

Training begins in mid-April. Those interested can apply by calling Johnson at at 510-273-0210 or emailing oaklandvoices@gmail.com

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